Richard Barber

b. 26 April 1754
FatherRichard Barber b. 9 May 1716, d. 1786
MotherElizabeth Luffe b. 4 Jun 1730
     Richard Barber was baptized on 26 April 1754 at Leigh, Kent, England.1 He was the son of Richard Barber and Elizabeth Luffe.
He must have died before 1760, as another child is baptised Richard on 26 Apr 1760.

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 992527."

Richard Barber

b. 26 April 1760
FatherRichard Barber b. 9 May 1716, d. 1786
MotherElizabeth Luffe b. 4 Jun 1730
     Richard Barber was baptized on 26 April 1760 at Leigh, Kent, England.1 He was the son of Richard Barber and Elizabeth Luffe.

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 992527."

Richard Barber

b. 5 December 1790
FatherStephen Barber b. 1762
MotherLydia Best
     Richard Barber was baptized on 5 December 1790 at Leigh, Kent, England, parents Stephen and Eliza. Barber.1,2 He was the son of Stephen Barber and Lydia Best.
Richard Barber married Elizabeth (?) circa 1820 at Kent, England.
On 7 June 1841 Richard Barber and Elizabeth (?) lived at Westwood, Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England.3
Richard Barber was a licensed victualler & farmer of 20 acres employing 1 labourer on 30 March 1851.1
On 30 March 1851 Richard Barber and Elizabeth (?) lived at Chequers, Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, with children Barnaby and Lydia.1

Family

Elizabeth (?) b. 1796
Marriage*
Richard Barber married Elizabeth (?) circa 1820 at Kent, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1613 folio 350 page 7."
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 992527."
  3. [S67] 1841 Census for England "HO107 piece 485 folio 5/23 page 15."

Richard Barber

b. 12 December 1739
FatherRichard Blunden
MotherElizabeth Barber b. 20 Aug 1716
     Richard Barber was baptized on 12 December 1739 at St Mary, Ticehurst, Sussex, England, "Base born."1 He was the son of Richard Blunden and Elizabeth Barber.
Reference: PAR492/34/4/2
Title: Maintenance order
Description: Richard Blunden; maintenance of child (Richard) born to Elizabeth Barber
Date: 12 Feb 1740
Held by: East Sussex Record Office.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Robert Barber

b. 6 July 1802, d. 4 February 1867
FatherThomas Barber b. 29 Mar 1775, d. 2 Jul 1857
MotherMary Lane b. c 1769, d. 21 Jun 1841
Cabinet said to made by Robert Barber as an apprentice. (Photo J.F. Barber 2012)
     Robert Barber was born on 6 July 1802 at Brighton, Sussex, England. He was the son of Thomas Barber and Mary Lane.
Robert Barber was baptized on 16 July 1802 at St Nicholas Church, Brighton, Sussex, England.1
He was a cabinet maker all his life, probably learning his trade from his father. He was a cabinet maker all his life and a corner cabinet said to have been made by him as an apprenticeship piece (c1820) has been passed down the family.
Robert Barber married Jane Holden, daughter of John Holden and Susanna Roofe, on 6 August 1821 at Hove, Sussex, England, He had just turned 19 years old and she was 18 years. According to the 1851 and 1861 census returns her occupation was a straw bonnet maker.2
Jane was the youngest child in her family and was 16 years old when her father was buried on 1 April 1819 at St Nicholas Church, Brighton. He appointed his friend Henry Laker, victualler, as trustee and made special provision for Jane in his will: "... from time to time pay and apply the Interest thereof and such part of the principal as he or they shall find necessary or think proper for and toward the support, maintenance, education and bringing up of my youngest child Jane Holden until she shall attain the age of 21 years or be married or be otherwise provided for whichever shall first happen". Her mother Susanna and Henry Laker were appointed executors. However, the will was not probated until 6 Dec 1824 (nearly 3 months after Susanna’s death) at which time the estate was valued at under £100. The will directed that this should be divided equally amongst Jane and her eight siblings.3
In 1980, a letter was received by Fred and Rita Barber, descendants of Robert and Jane's son John Barber, which contained a copy of the will of John Barber's son Charles. It also contained a detailed list of the "Brothers and Sisters of Grandfather Barber" being the children of Robert and Jane. It contains details of all births, including exact times, dates and places and it all fits with the information discovered from my own research. This implies that there must have been a family bible or similar which documented this information, as the level of detail goes beyond personal memory capabilities. The information from this letter has been incorporated into the database although it will probably never be able to be verified. The letter also intrigingly states "I have not yet found the Spanish connection but given time I hope I will".4
Robert and Jane moved to London sometime after 1824 and returned to Brighton in 1829. The children Elizabeth, Susannah and Mary were all born in London during this period but were all baptised together on their return at St Nicholas, Brighton on 2 August 1829. The document "Brothers & Sisters of Grandfather [John] Barber" gives the place of birth of these children as 111 Jermyn St, St James, Westminster, London, presumably their residence while in London. Interestingly, Jane's sister Mary Anne Bignell (nee Holden) is a widow living with her son, Henry Bignell (a licensed victualler) and family at 123 Jermyn St in the 1861 census. Needs further work to explore this connection.5,6,7
Robert's great grandson, Frederick Charles Barber, is reported to have said that Robert worked on the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. If this was true it would have to have been while he was quite young as the Royal Pavilion was built in three stages, initially commencing 1786 and with the final stage completed in 1822 when Robert would have been just 20 years old. However, if true then work on such a high status building could have led to similar work in London and thus explain his move there c1824.8
Robert and Jane's daughters Susannah and Mary were twins, born on 25 April 1826. There was a history of twins in the family with Jane's mother, Susanna Holden (nee Roofe), also having twins Edward and Thomas in 1794.9,6
On their return from London in 1829 they lived at Mt Sion Place in Brighton (probably no. 3 Mt Sion Place as this is where William, Emma and Anne were born). Robert was working as a cabinet maker.6
In the 1841 census they were living at Gardiner Street in Brighton (no. 21 according to birth of John Barber).5
In 1841 Robert and Jane's eldest daughter, Jane, became pregnant at the age of 17 years to James Goldsmith, also 17 years, and the couple were married as minors in Hampstead, London on 28 Dec 1841 possibly to avoid embarrassment. It appears that they stayed in London until the child was born before returning to Brighton. They had three children before Jane died in 1848 in Brighton of an acute skin infection. Her husband James remarried and emigrated to Victoria, Australia in 1853 with the children Samuel, James and Mary on the ship "Six Sisters". After some time in Geelong, the family travelled to the gold diggings at Ballarat where they lived at Bakery Hill, Ballarat East. The family were involved in the now famous Eureka Uprising of 1854 and during the brief battle daughter Mary Abigail was hidden down a mine shaft by her father. Mary's obituary in the Ballarat Courier newspaper in 1930 records: The late Mrs Barnett was living in Ballarat during the Eureka riots and was hidden by her father, Mr Goldsmith, in a hole with some other children at Bakery Hill. They were left there till after the riot. Mrs Barnett well remembers the fear she experienced whilst the shooting was in progress." James Goldsmith died in Melbourne in 1877 and many descendants of the family survive in Australia today.10,11
On 30 March 1851 Robert Barber and Jane Holden lived at 35 Queens Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England.12
While working in service in London, their daughter Elizabeth Barber gave birth to an illegitimate son, Alfred Barber, on 28 Dec 1850 who was subsequently raised by Robert and Jane. The birth certificate for Alfred shows that he was born at 11 Gunn Yard, Aldgate and the mother was Elizabeth Barber of 38 Camomile St, London. No father was given. The 1851 census for 11 Gunn Yard, St Botolph, Aldgate has an Alfred Barber, 3 months, nurse child (i.e. no relation to the family he was with) born Middlesex, Aldgate. The 1851 census for All Hallows London Wall, Middlesex at 38 Camomile St has Elizabeth Barber, age 22 yrs, unmarried, servant, b. Brighton, Sussex. She is working for Saul and Sarah Yates whose eldest son Alfred (the likely father?) is aged 26 years. Both Saul and Alfred are solicitors. Alfred Yates (the likely father) died in 1851.13
Robert Barber witnessed the will of Thomas Barber dated 10 February 1855.14
On 13 Apr 1857, Saul and Sarah Yates emigrated to New Zealand with Elizabeth Barber on the ship "Dinapore" departing Gravesend and arriving Auckland on 5 Aug 1857. On the voyage Elizabeth met her future husband, George Tunnecliffe, and they married on 8 Aug 1857, 3 days after arriving in Auckland. In the 1861 census, Elizabeth's ten year old son Alfred is living with his grandparents Robert & Jane Barber in Brighton. Alfred's marriage certificate states his father is Robert Barber, a cabinet maker, who was actually his grandfather. In New Zealand, Elizabeth and George lived in the Taranaki region of North Island and had three surviving children all of whom married and had children.15
Robert's father died on 2 July 1857 leaving an estate valued at about £450. His house and furniture were left to Robert's sister Rebecca, with the remainder divided equally between her and Robert.14
On 7 April 1861 Robert Barber and Jane Holden lived at 23 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England.16
Two of Robert and Jane's sons married and had large families in Brighton. William Lane Barber married Ellen Nell in 1863 and they had eight children. John Barber married Susannah Victoria White in 1865 and they had nine children.
Despite the difficulties with daughters Jane and Elizabeth, Robert and Jane left a substantial legacy of children and grandchildren in Australia and New Zealand as well as Brighton. The history of this family remains a work in progress as we seek more information about their other daughters Mary, Susannah, Emma and Anne. It is likely that their stories will be revealed when other family historians discover their connection to Robert and Jane while working back on their family trees, just as it was for daughters Jane and Elizabeth.
Robert Barber witnessed the marriage of John Barber and Susannah Victoria White on 15 May 1865 at The Register Office, Brighton, Sussex, England.17
Robert Barber died on 4 February 1867 at 23 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England, at age 64. He died of bronchitis (6 days).18
In the 1871 census, the widowed Jane was living with daughter Rebecca and her husband William Ollive at 71 Upper North St, Brighton. Ten years later she was living in the Race Hill Workhouse in Brighton, age 79 years. Many of the people living there at that time were elderly people over the age of 60 years. The workhouse was often the only place that elderly people could go for nursing and care in old age and was not necessarily a sign of poverty and abandonment. She died in the workhouse on 28 October 1882 of heart disease (morbis cordis, some years) and asthma, aged 80 years.19,20,21

Family

Jane Holden b. 17 Oct 1802, d. 28 Oct 1882
Marriage*
Robert Barber married Jane Holden, daughter of John Holden and Susanna Roofe, on 6 August 1821 at Hove, Sussex, England, He had just turned 19 years old and she was 18 years. According to the 1851 and 1861 census returns her occupation was a straw bonnet maker.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Source Citation: Place: Brighton, Sussex, England; Collection: St Nicholas; -; Date Range: 1791 - 1812; Film Number: 1067105."
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S274] Will of John Holden of Brighton, Sussex, England, made 6 Apr 1813, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 6 Dec 1824. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/75/339).
  4. [S272] Copy of Letter from Victoria and Albert Griffiths, to Rita and Fred Barber, dated 1 June 1980 (GG Barber Private Archives, Perth, W. Australia) ""Brothers and Sisters of Grandfather [John] Barber" attached to letter."
  5. [S67] 1841 Census for England "HO107 piece 1121 folio 6/40 page 23."
  6. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  7. [S273] Will of Charles Barber of Brighton, Sussex, England, made 27 Sep 1978, proved in the Brighton, 15 May 1980. (800506812M).
  8. [S550] Sue Berry, "Georgian Brighton", Phillimore, First Edition (2005) unknown isbn "Chap. 5 - The Royal Pavilion."
  9. [S272] Copy of Letter from Victoria and Albert Griffiths, to Rita and Fred Barber, dated 1 June 1980 (GG Barber Private Archives, Perth, W. Australia).
  10. [S252] Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, Victoria, Australia: 1839–1923 [database on-line].
  11. [S283] Webpage Ballarat Courier (http://trove.nla.gov.au/) "Monday 19th November 1930."
  12. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1645 folio 748 page 32."
  13. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1851, City of London, Vol 2 Page 128."
  14. [S131] Will of Thomas Barber of Brighton, Sussex, England, made 10 Feb 1855, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 10 Jul 1857. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/85/963).
  15. [S423] Website "New Zealand Yesteryears" (http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/index.html) "http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlists/…."
  16. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "RG09 piece 598 folio 64 page 34."
  17. [S60] Marriage certificate of John Barber and Susannah Victoria White, married 15 May 1865 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 381).
  18. [S259] Death certificate of Robert Barber, died 4 Feb 1867, registered 8 Feb 1867 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 155).
  19. [S81] Death certificate of Jane Barber, died 28 Oct 1882, registered 31 Oct 1882 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 131).
  20. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11 piece 1090 folio 134 page 12."
  21. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 1087 folio 46 page 17."

Robert Barber

b. 7 February 1777, d. 21 November 1839
FatherThomas Barber b. 20 Oct 1752, d. Aug 1821
MotherMary Lipscomb b. 8 Dec 1756, d. 5 Dec 1841
     Robert Barber was born in 1777 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.
Robert Barber was baptized on 7 February 1777 at Tonbridge, Kent, England. He was the son of Thomas Barber and Mary Lipscomb.
Robert received an inheritance from his grandfather, Robert Lipscombe, in 1799/1800 according to his mother's will made in 1838. Her will refers to the will of her father Robert Lipscombe (probated in December 1799) and states that it made special provision for her two eldest sons, Thomas and Robert (and as a result were excluded from the future distribution of the monies and property held in trust for Mary from her father's will).
Robert Barber married Sarah Snashall on 11 November 1814 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.
Robert Barber was a labourer on 16 July 1820.
On 16 July 1820 Robert Barber and Sarah Snashall lived at Tonbridge, Kent, England, as stated on Frances baptism.
The original register of baptisms for Tonbridge was searched from 1814 up to 1826 and found only the baptism of one child, Frances, in 1820.1
Robert Barber witnessed the will of Mary Lipscomb dated 17 April 1838 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.2
Robert Barber died on 21 November 1839 at Tonbridge, Kent, England, at age 62. Labourer, age 63 years, died of decay. Informant was John Inge, present at the death, Tunbridge.3
Robert Barber was buried on 29 November 1839 at Tonbridge, Kent, England, age 62 years.4
There was no gravestone inscription found for Robert or Sarah. There was also no locally-proved will for Robert or one by him in the superior court, the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.1

Family

Sarah Snashall b. c 1782, d. 1829
Marriage*
Robert Barber married Sarah Snashall on 11 November 1814 at Tonbridge, Kent, England
Child

Citations

  1. [S242] Letter from Gillian Rickard B.A. Dip. Loc. Hist., to Geoffrey Barber, dated 4 Jan 2012 (GG Barber Private Archives, Perth, W. Australia).
  2. [S342] Will of Mary Barber of Tonbridge, Kent, England, made 17 Apr 1838, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 17 Jan 1842. (TNA: PROB 11/1956/36).
  3. [S356] Death certificate of Robert Barber, died 21 Nov 1839, registered 25 Nov 1839 in the Registration District of Tunbridge, Kent, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 5 Page 317).
  4. [S133] Transcript of the Parish Register of Tonbridge, Kent, England, 1547-1730 (KHLC: TR 2451/20) "age 62 years."

Robert Barber

b. 23 March 1887, d. 6 February 1917
FatherHerbert Wells Barber b. 20 Apr 1847, d. 16 Nov 1915
MotherSarah Postlethwaite b. 1 Apr 1849, d. 6 Aug 1917
Robert (Bob) Barber (1887-1917). (Photo courtesy of Tyler S. Barber, 2014)
     Robert Barber was born on 23 March 1887 at New Jersey, United States.1 He was the son of Herbert Wells Barber and Sarah Postlethwaite.
In 1900 Robert Barber lived at Englewood Ward 1, Englewood, New Jersey, United States.1
Robert Barber died on 6 February 1917 at New Jersey, United States, at age 29. Killed in an auto accident.
Robert was killed in an auto accident on Riverside Drive in NYC along with a showgirl, a few months prior to his sister Edith's engagement. This brought some shame to the family and family lore states that his mother was devastated.
Robert Barber was buried after 7 February 1917 at Brookside Cemetery, Englewood, New Jersey, United States.

Citations

  1. [S502] 1900 Census for USA.

Robert Barber

b. 1918
FatherPhilip Postlethwaite Barber b. 8 Mar 1888, d. 19 Oct 1963
MotherMary Theresa Finley b. 31 Jan 1887, d. 1965
     Robert Barber was born in 1918 at United States. He was the son of Philip Postlethwaite Barber and Mary Theresa Finley.

Robert Isaac Barber

b. 16 November 1839, d. 4 January 1885
FatherRobert Barber b. 6 Jul 1802, d. 4 Feb 1867
MotherJane Holden b. 17 Oct 1802, d. 28 Oct 1882
     Robert Isaac Barber was born on 16 November 1839 at 1 Penticost Court, North St, Brighton, Sussex, England; born at quarter past 11 o'clock at night.1 He was the son of Robert Barber and Jane Holden.
Robert Isaac Barber was baptized on 2 February 1840 at St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England, abode: North St.2
On 7 June 1841 Robert Isaac Barber lived at Gardiner St, Brighton, Sussex, England, with his parents and family.3
On 7 April 1861 Robert Isaac Barber lived at 23 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Robert Isaac Barber was cabinetmaker on 7 April 1861.
Robert Isaac Barber was a carpenter on 2 April 1871.
On 2 April 1871 Robert Isaac Barber lived at 63 Washington St, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Robert Isaac Barber married Matilda Ellis on 7 May 1871 at Brighton, Sussex, England.4
On 22 August 1871 Robert Isaac Barber and Matilda Ellis lived at 21 Crown Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Robert Isaac Barber was carpenter on 3 April 1881.
On 3 April 1881 Robert Isaac Barber and Matilda Ellis lived at 34 Queens Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England.5
Robert and Matilda appear to have had no surviving children (son Robert died at birth.)
Robert Isaac Barber died on 4 January 1885 at Brighton, Sussex, England, at age 45. Age 44 years.6

Family

Matilda Ellis b. 1849, d. 1888
Marriage*
Robert Isaac Barber married Matilda Ellis on 7 May 1871 at Brighton, Sussex, England.4 
Child

Citations

  1. [S272] Copy of Letter from Victoria and Albert Griffiths, to Rita and Fred Barber, dated 1 June 1980 (GG Barber Private Archives, Perth, W. Australia) ""Brothers and Sisters of Grandfather Barber" attached to letter."
  2. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S67] 1841 Census for England "HO107 piece 1121 folio 6/40 page 23."
  4. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1871, Brighton, Vol 2b Pag 347."
  5. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11 piece 1089 folio 117 page 17."
  6. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1885, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 149, age 44 years."

Robert Isaac Barber

b. 22 August 1871, d. 1871
FatherRobert Isaac Barber b. 16 Nov 1839, d. 4 Jan 1885
MotherMatilda Ellis b. 1849, d. 1888
     Robert Isaac Barber was baptized on 22 August 1871 at St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England, private baptism.1 He was the son of Robert Isaac Barber and Matilda Ellis.
Robert Isaac Barber died in 1871 at Brighton, Sussex, England. Jul-Sep 1871, Brighton RD, Vol 2b Page 144, age 0 years.2

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1871, Brighton RD, Vol 2b Page 144."

Robert J Barber

b. 1926
FatherJoseph William Barber b. 1896
MotherMargaret P Thatcher
     Robert J Barber was born in 1926 at Richmond, Surrey, England.1 He was the son of Joseph William Barber and Margaret P Thatcher.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1926, Richmond, Surrey,Vol 2a Page 881."

Robert John Barber

b. 1865, d. 5 February 1939
FatherJohn Barber b. 10 Feb 1842, d. 4 Feb 1925
MotherSusannah Victoria White b. 19 Jan 1842, d. 21 Nov 1903
     Robert John Barber was born in 1865 at Brighton, Sussex, England. He was the son of John Barber and Susannah Victoria White.
Robert John Barber married Elizabeth Love Morley, daughter of George Morley and Hannah Till, in 1887 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1
Robert John Barber was a wirer at a mineral water maker on 5 April 1891.2 He is said to have been employed at Royal Spa.3
On 5 April 1891 Robert John Barber and Elizabeth Love Morley lived at 78 Lincoln Street, Brighton, Sussex, England.2
Robert John Barber was a mineral water bottler on 31 March 1901.
He was working at the Royal Spa with his brother Charles who was a label boy to a bottler.4
On 31 March 1901 Robert John Barber and Elizabeth Love Morley lived at The Spa, Park Hill, Queen's Park, Brighton, Sussex, England.4
Robert and Elizabeth are reported to have had no children.3
On 21 November 1903 Robert John Barber and Elizabeth Love Morley lived at Royal German Spa, Park Hill, Brighton, Sussex, England.5
Robert John Barber was a foreman at the Royal German Spa on 2 April 1911.
On 2 April 1911 Robert John Barber and Elizabeth Love Morley lived at Royal German Spa, Brighton, Sussex, England, no children.6
His brother Charles also worked there as a wirer.6
On 5 February 1939 Robert John Barber lived at 109 Queens Park Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.7
Robert John Barber died on 5 February 1939 at 18 West Drive, Brighton, Sussex, England.8,7
His estate was probated on 5 April 1939 at Lewes Registry, Sussex, England, Robert Barber of 109 Queens Park Road Brighton died 5 February 1939 at 18 West Drive Brighton. Administration Lewes 5 April to Charles Barber waterworks foreman and William Barber decorator. Effects 958 pounds 19s 6d.7

Family

Elizabeth Love Morley b. 1867, d. 1939
Marriage*
Robert John Barber married Elizabeth Love Morley, daughter of George Morley and Hannah Till, in 1887 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1887, Brighton RD, Vol 2b Page 349."
  2. [S71] 1891 Census for England "RG12 piece 807 folio 110 page 44."
  3. [S10] Information supplied by Victoria May Griffiths (St Ann's Rest Home, 9 Stanford Ave, Brighton, East Sussex, England) to Geoffrey Barber (Subiaco WA 6008, Australia), September 1988.
  4. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 926 folio 29 page 8."
  5. [S65] Death certificate of Susannah Victoria Barber, died 21 Nov 1903, registered 24 Nov 1903 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 130).
  6. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN5110 RG78PN226 RD79 SD1 ED22 SN77."
  7. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).
  8. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1939, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 380."

Robert John Barber

b. 1864
FatherWilliam Lane Barber b. 9 Jul 1831, d. 1914
MotherEllen Nell b. 29 Apr 1835, d. 1888
     Robert John Barber was born in 1864 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of William Lane Barber and Ellen Nell.
Robert John Barber was baptized on 17 July 1864 at Brighton St Peter, Brighton, Sussex, England.2
Robert John Barber married Elizabeth Austin, daughter of Joseph Thomas Austin, in 1882 at Brighton, Sussex, England.3
Robert John Barber was a house painter on 2 April 1911.
On 2 April 1911 Robert John Barber and Elizabeth Austin lived at 44 South Worple Way, Mortlake, Surrey, England, with son Jospeh and Elizabeth's 75 year old father, Joseph Thomas Austin.4
The 1911 census states that 6 children had been born alive but only three were surviving. This would explain the gap between their marriage in 1882 and the birthof Edith Ellen in 1889.

Family

Elizabeth Austin b. 1858
Marriage*
Robert John Barber married Elizabeth Austin, daughter of Joseph Thomas Austin, in 1882 at Brighton, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1864, Brighton, Vol 2b age 167."
  2. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1882, Brighton RD, Vol 2b Page 383."
  4. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN3610 RG78PN136 RD41 SD2 ED5 SN21."

Ronald J Barber

b. 13 March 1918, d. 2000
FatherJames Barber b. 10 Mar 1881, d. 1946
MotherEllen Leach b. 30 Jun 1885
Possible photo of Ronald J Barber at sister May's wedding in 1946.
     Ronald J Barber was born on 13 March 1918 at Brighton, Sussex, England; DOB from Deaths Index.1 He was the son of James Barber and Ellen Leach.
A marriage to Joan Jopling in 1947 at Dartford, Kent looks promising. It looks like they had a daughter Christina born 1951 in Brighton.
Ronald J Barber died in 2000 at Bournemouth, Dorset, England.2

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1918, Brighton, Vol 2B Page 329."
  2. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul 2000, Dorset, Bournemouth, Reg No D19D; District: 4271D. Age 82 years. DOB: 13 Mar 1918."

Ronald Leslie Barber

b. 9 June 1920, d. 14 June 1990
FatherLeslie Robert William Barber b. 18 Sep 1897, d. 19 Jul 1976
MotherVictoria May Griffiths b. 10 Jul 1897, d. 23 Mar 1990
Ron Barber in the Navy in WW2 c1941
     Ronald Leslie Barber was born on 9 June 1920 at 8 Old Shoreham Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Leslie Robert William Barber and Victoria May Griffiths.
He attended St. Lukes School in Brighton. As a boy he was in the Boy's Brigade for a long time and this was held in a church in Islingword Rd.
Before 1930 Ronald Leslie Barber lived at 6 Elder St, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Circa 1930 Ronald Leslie Barber lived at 237 Freshfield Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Ronald Leslie Barber was 14 years of age when he started work as a page boy at the Astoria cinema in Brighton. Ron had hopes of becoming a projectionist but this did not eventuate and instead did an apprenticeship as a book binder before joining the Navy in 1939 just before WW II. circa 1934.
He was on the destroyer "Wessex" when it was sunk off St Lessaire (on the French coast) by a bomb falling down its funnel. They were picked up by the Polish destroyer Vimiera which took them back to Dover. His arm was injured during this incident and he was invalided out of the Navy on 25.12.1942.
Ronald Leslie Barber was working at the Allen and West factory in Brighton making electrical equipment for submarines (ASDICS gear) - where he met Freda Taylor in 1942.
Ronald Leslie Barber married Freda Amy Taylor, daughter of Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton, on 9 May 1942 at St Andrew's, Moulsecoomb, Sussex, England.2
In 1943 Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor lived at 21 Hartington Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England, moving there when Freda was expecting Tony and living there until Margaret was 3 to 4 years old.
Ronald Leslie Barber was in a job making metal scroll furniture where he learnt to weld circa 1945.
Between 1946 and 1950 Ron was a bus conductor with Brighton Borough Transport - he considered this the best job he ever had.
Circa 1949 Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor lived at 18 The Ridgeway (now Ridge View), Coldean, Brighton, Sussex, England, This was their last residence before leaving for Australia.
Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor emigrated on 11 May 1950 to Perth, Western Australia, Australia, departed Southampton on the ship Asturias, with son Tony age 6 yrs and daughter Margaret age 5 years, arriving Fremantle on Monday, 5 Jun 1950. They left England with about £60 (including £5 from Grandma Ada Barber) and their weekly wage in England had been four pounds/week. They first stayed with Freda's parents, Arthur and Ada Taylor, at 84 Egham Rd Victoria Park. Freda went with her mother to purchase the block of land at 87 Enfield St (the block immediately behind 84 Egham Rd). Arthur and Ada had paid 50 pounds for their block just 2 years ago and it was quite a shock to Freda that hers was to cost 150 pounds. Nevertheless, the real estate agent showed her the plans for the suburb and convinced Freda that the price was not going to get any cheaper.
On the 13 Jun 1950 Freda signed a contract to purchase the block of land at 87 Enfield St for 140 pounds from the Estates Development Company Pty Ltd. The subdivision was called St Andrew's Estate.
Ronald Leslie Barber was a 2nd class welder with Structural Engineering after July 1950.
House plans dated 20 Sep 1950 were drawn by John Treen, brother in law to Ron and Freda. The plans were approved on 29 Sep 1950.
On 9 Feb 1951 the certificate of title to 87 Enfield St (portion of Swan Location 35 and being Lot 207 on Plan 1030 - Vol 1118 Folio 203) is issued to Ron and Freda.
Mortgages were raised on the property on 16 Mar 1951, 17 Apr 1951, 6 July 1951 to raise funds to pay for the house as it was being built.
Ron worked at building the house with the help of his brother in law John Treen (John's first job as a registered builder). They first built a small wash house and Ron & Freda lived in this while the house was being built, cooking on a primus stove and bathing Tony and Margaret in the wash troughs. The house took 2 to 3 years to build although they started living in the wash house early 1951. Everyone in England had previously rented their house so this was a major achievement for them.
On 10 Apr 1957 Ron is awarded his "A" Grade Welder in Electric Arc Welding certificate by the Australian Welding Institute.
In 1960 Ron spent 3 months working in Western Australia's north west for Structural Engineering on the Talgarno rocket township (between Broome and Port Hedland). Structural Engineering had won the contract to provide steel and steel fabrication, etc. Talgarno was a township established in the target area for testing rockets from Woomera - "the Talgarno Prohibited Area had been proclaimed in December 1958 as the place into which the warheads would fall after their continent-spanning flights. Most of Talgarno was part of the Great Sandy Desert. Even this very remote area was not quite uninhabited, though the average population density was small indeed. Along the coastal strip were five station homesteads, about 200 Europeans in all. In one corner of the area was the Aboriginal mission of LaGrange, home to about 120 children with about the same number of adults in camps nearby. Finally, a small number of nomadic Aborigines were thought to be wandering the desert, although even the experts knew little definite about their movements. That was it, in an area bigger than France".
"The physical conditions of life at Talgarno were equally rough. They were feelingly expressed in a report by the sole security officer posted there: The climate at Talgarno in summer months (wet season) is enervating and oppressive, the flies intolerable, and the dust distracting. Temperatures have been known to rise to 114°F. There is no relief from these conditions in either tented or prefab accommodation. The local beach area is mainly silt and is subjected to disturbance by tides. Swimming is out of the question as the sea at Talgarno abounds in sharks and sea lice."3 He was confirmed on 19 April 1961 at St Peter's Church, Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia.
On 20 Aug 1961 Ron was awarded his supervisor's certificate in electric arc welding by the Australian Welding Institute.
The mortgage on 87 Enfield St was discharged on 12 Jun 1963 and the property now debt free.
At various times between 1958 and 1965, Freda’s father, Arthur Taylor, lived with them as Freda's mother Ada had died in 1958 (Arthur also lived with Freda’s other sister Betty for a while during this time). Ron and Arthur would often be sitting out in the shade house having a drink after work or on the weekend. Arthur was living with Ron & Freda when he died in 1965.
Ron worked for Structural Engineering for 22 years becoming Leading Hand and then Supervisor. He had just been put on as staff when the firm collapsed in 1972. This was so disappointing for Ron, and with only a few years to go to retirement, he worked as a welder at the Forward Down factory becoming involved in the Australian Metalworkers Union as a shop steward. I remember him taking me to the Structural Engineering factory in Welshpool one weekend to see the results of a major welding project they had done – huge cylinders & tanks loaded up on long semi-trailers about to be driven up north to a minesite somewhere. I was very impressed by the number of wheels on the semi trailer.4
Ronald Leslie Barber retired in 1979 aged 60, a welder with Forward Down Engineering.
Ron enjoyed a beer, and a bet on the horse races. He was a member of the Perth Football Cub for a period of time, and later in life tried bowls at the Lathlain-Carlisle Lawn Bowling Club. In retirement he enjoyed his time at home but was reluctant to do anything too adventurous which frustrated Freda to some degree. I think he became anxious rather easily and was reluctant to move out of his comfort zone. Ron also enjoyed listening to records of Frank Sinatra, Tijuhana Brass, Black & White Minstrel Show, Sound of Music, etc. and, of course, watching the television.
Ron returned to Brighton to see his parents in 1970 and, with Freda, 1976. Ron really missed his family and the social aspects of his earlier life in England. He often said that the best job he ever had was when he was working on the buses where he was meeting people all the time. The isolation caused by life in the suburbs and working in a factory in Australia during the 1950s & 60s created some regrets (which were not shared by Freda, as her whole family had emigrated to WA in 1948). It is fair to say that their descendants owe Ron and Freda a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices and hardships they endured as many are now reaping the benefits of their decision to move to Australia.
Ronald Leslie Barber died on 14 June 1990 at 87 Enfield St, Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, at age 70.5
Ron died in the early evening in bed at home of a heart attack. The family quickly gathered at 87 Enfield St to comfort Freda. The police had to be called initially as was routine for a death at home, but they were very polite and understanding.
His body was cremated on 18 June 1990 at Section MC, Site 17 Position 16, Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia.

Family

Freda Amy Taylor b. 6 Sep 1922, d. 13 Oct 2009
Marriage*
Ronald Leslie Barber married Freda Amy Taylor, daughter of Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton, on 9 May 1942 at St Andrew's, Moulsecoomb, Sussex, England.2

Citations

  1. [S486] Birth certificate of Ronald Leslie Barber, born 9 Jun 1920, registered 22 Jun 1920 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 487).
  2. [S499] Marriage certificate of Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor, married 9 May 1942 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 604).
  3. [S357] Peter Morton "TESTING BLUE STREAK AT WOOMERA: An Episode in Anglo-Australian Collaboration and Conflict" in the Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies University of London, WORKING PAPER NO 32, 1988, "http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/menzies/research/…."
  4. [S14] Information supplied by Geoffrey Barber (Subiaco, WA, Australia),.
  5. [S483] Death certificate of Ronald Leslie Barber, died 14 Jun 1990, registered 5 Jul 1990 in the Registration District of Perth, Western Australia (Reg No: 1/2605/90/T).

Rossley Barber

b. circa 1908
FatherHarry Barber b. c 1874
MotherLouisa Baker b. c 1872
     Rossley Barber was born circa 1908 at Catford, London, England.1 He was the son of Harry Barber and Louisa Baker.

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN2805 RD29 SD3 ED56 SN195."

Ruby Dorothy May Barber

b. 1894
FatherAlfred Barber b. 28 Dec 1850
MotherMiriam Beall b. 1851, d. 22 Dec 1917
     Ruby Dorothy May Barber was born in 1894 at Southwark, London, England.1 She was the daughter of Alfred Barber and Miriam Beall.
On 2 April 1911 Ruby Dorothy May Barber lived at 13 Dagmar Road, Camberwell, London, England, age 16 years living with her parents.2
In the electoral record 1929-1939, Ruby Dorothy May Barber is living with sister Lillabelle. Information from "sarahmop" on ancestry.co.uk.
There is a possible marriage in the GRO Marriage Index:
1942 Ruby DM Barber married Alfred Silver at Lewisham, London (Oct-Dec 1942, Lewisham, Vol 1d Page 1615.)

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Oct-Dec 1894, St Saviour Southwark, Vol 1d Page 99."
  2. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN2511 RG78PN84 RD27 SD3 ED27 SN317."

Samuel Barber

b. 20 May 1823
FatherSamuel Nicholas Barber b. 4 Nov 1798, d. 13 Dec 1845
MotherEsther Walter Corbett b. 3 Apr 1796, d. 1870
     Samuel Barber was born on 20 May 1823 at Charlton, Kent, England. He was the son of Samuel Nicholas Barber and Esther Walter Corbett.
Samuel Barber was baptized on 3 August 1823 at St Luke, Charlton, Kent, England.1
On 7 June 1841 Samuel Barber lived at Charles St, Deptford, Kent, England, living with his parents and sister Mary.2
Samuel Barber was a stone mason on 7 June 1841.2

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014."
  2. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 488; Book: 9; Civil Parish: St Paul; County: Kent; Enumeration District: 7; Folio: 13; Page: 19; Line: 25;."

Samuel Nicholas Barber

b. 4 November 1798, d. 13 December 1845
FatherThomas Barber b. 20 Oct 1752, d. Aug 1821
MotherMary Lipscomb b. 8 Dec 1756, d. 5 Dec 1841
     Samuel Nicholas Barber was born in 1798 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.
Samuel Nicholas Barber was baptized on 4 November 1798 at Tonbridge, Kent, England. He was the son of Thomas Barber and Mary Lipscomb.
Samuel Nicholas Barber married Esther Walter Corbett, daughter of Richard Corbett and Henrietta Gillbee, on 29 October 1820 at St Nicholas Church, Plumstead, Kent, England.1
The witnesses to their wedding were James and Eliza Ann Larking. Eliza is Esther's sister as James Larking married Elizabeth Ann Corbett on 7 Dec 1811 at St Margaret, Lee, Kent.
Samuel Nicholas Barber witnessed the will of Mary Lipscomb dated 17 April 1838 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.2
On 7 June 1841 Samuel Nicholas Barber and Esther Walter Corbett lived at Charles St, Deptford, Kent, England, with children Mary (19 years) and Samuel (18 years, a stonemason.)3
Samuel Nicholas Barber was a journeyman baker on 7 June 1841.3
Samuel Nicholas Barber was a baker in 1845.4
Samuel Nicholas Barber died on 13 December 1845 at 23 Charles Street, Deptford, Kent, England, at age 47. He died of consumption (3 months) and dropsy (2 weeks). Mary Harris of 39 Grove Lane, Deptford was in attendance and was the informant.4

Family

Esther Walter Corbett b. 3 Apr 1796, d. 1870
Marriage*
Samuel Nicholas Barber married Esther Walter Corbett, daughter of Richard Corbett and Henrietta Gillbee, on 29 October 1820 at St Nicholas Church, Plumstead, Kent, England.1
Children

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "London Metropolitan Archives, St Nicholas, Plumstead, Register of marriages, Oct 1817-Jun 1827, p97/nic/022."
  2. [S342] Will of Mary Barber of Tonbridge, Kent, England, made 17 Apr 1838, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 17 Jan 1842. (TNA: PROB 11/1956/36).
  3. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 488; Book: 9; Civil Parish: St Paul; County: Kent; Enumeration District: 7; Folio: 13; Page: 19; Line: 25;."
  4. [S505] Death certificate of Samuel Nicholas Barber, died 13 Dec 1845, registered 18 Dec 1845 in the Registration District of Greenwich, Kent, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 5 Page 131).

Sarah Barber

b. 24 August 1739
MotherElizabeth (?)
     Sarah Barber was baptized on 24 August 1739 at Tonbridge, Kent, England. She was the daughter of Elizabeth (?)